89 Killed in Iraq as Bombers Strike near Baghdad Shrine

Bombers returned to the Iraqi capital where they tried to strike at a shrine in northern Baghdad. At least 89 were killed.

The Moral Rabbit Hole

The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan – 14 years on – are under orders to be “culturally sensitive” regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children. One officer was relieved of his command several years ago, […]

The Middle East’s New Nakba

After midnight on August 15, 1947, India and Pakistan became separate countries. What should have been a joyous occasion – a celebration of independence from three centuries of British colonial rule – quickly turned into one of the greatest tragedies in modern history. By the end of 1948, after an exodus of Muslims from India […]

Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect

Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. If we look beyond the political fog that envelops the conflict the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population do emerge with […]

36 Killed in Iraq; Embedded Journalist Wounded

At least 36 were killed across Iraq and 20 were wounded, including a journalist.

The Mind of Mr. Putin

"Do you realize now what you have done?" So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Fourteen years after we invaded Afghanistan, Afghan troops are […]

Sustaining Perpetual War: The Bloodless Narrative

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of careful policy, deliberate falsehoods, and media manipulation that creates the impression that America’s wars have few consequences, at least for Americans. How can the American government […]

War Party Hates Putin – Loves al-Qaeda

As Russian fighter jets target al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, the Western media is up in arms – and in denial. They deny the Russians are taking on ISIS – and they are indignant that Putin is targeting al-Qaeda, which is almost never referred to by its actual name, but is instead described as “al-Nusra,” […]

257 Killed in Iraq as Abadi Asks for More Airstrikes

At least 257 were killed across Iraq, mostly in battles and airstrikes.

Whether Drones ‘Work,’ US Policy Is Still Rotten

The question of the legitimacy of drone strikes has occasionally bubbled up in media over the years. As with most international news, the media and the public have a short attention span for the issue. On September 30, the BBC published a survey on whether drone strikes “work.” Answering were a professor “who advised the […]